Sunday, July 23, 2017


The Future of DACA

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has issued several executive orders (EOs) that have affected the country’s immigration policies, and regardless of one’s political leanings, many can agree that these EOs have resulted in a significant impact on our communities. One area of immigration that President Trump has spoken

The Midbar—a Place of Change

Parshat Bamidbar

Sefer Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers, gets its English title from the Greek translation of Chazal’s appellation of the book, Sefer Hapekudim, the Book of Numbers. The opening words of our haftarah, therefore, are quite fitting, as the navi Amos begins with the promise

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a film embedded in the psyche of every American. It teaches the need to silence outside noise in order to arrive at one’s essence. On Shavuot we were given the advantage that God Himself expunged the outside noise and brought silence to the world by Matan Torah, but during the rest of the year that’s our

Yachad’s Northeast Family Shabbaton Touches Over 1,000

Over 1,000 people from 120 families attended Yachad’s Northeast Family Shabbaton on May 5-7 at Crowne Plaza in Stamford, Connecticut, and 140 volunteer staff helped to make the event a success.

“Yachad takes great pride in being able to host a weekend devoted to

Study Equates Prenuptial Agreements With Marital Satisfaction in Orthodox Community

New York—A recently published study found a higher level of marital satisfaction among Orthodox Jews who signed a religious prenuptial agreement. It also found that signing an agreement was not associated with potential concerns; there was no greater tendency among signees to have a difficult adjustment to marriage or to consider

Share Your ‘Big Day’ With Those Less Fortunate

In anticipation of their big day, Ronit and Binny are not only focusing on their invitations, caterer, band etc., they are also thinking about how they can make their special day even more meaningful. In planning their wedding, they are working to arrange the donation of all the surplus food from their celebration to those less

Flowers for Shavuot: A Longstanding Custom With Boundless Creative Options

If there’s one custom Shavuot is known for (besides the proliferation of cheesecake and blintzes) it is the minhag to adorn one’s house and shul with flowers. The rabbis say that Hashem made Har Sinai bloom with greenery in honor of the giving of the Torah, and to commemorate this event many people use floral

The Weinreb Brothers Present Unforgettable New Music

The Weinreb Brothers—yes, they are actually brothers—have been jamming together since their youth, and now perform professionally. They grew up with the music of Carlebach, Moshav Band, Soulfarm, Yossi and Avi Piamenta and other great musicians, and the influence of these performers helped shape the unique Weinreb Brothers

Celebrate Graduation With Fun Tips From Papaya Events

For graduates, the celebration of the event may be almost as important as the event itself. Graduation includes not just receiving a diploma, but the party to mark it as well. Raphi Heimowitz, event coordinator at Papaya Events, offers some recommendations for the amateur party coordinators to throw a great graduation-themed event.

Time and Patience: A Broader Perspective

Words can take on different meanings depending upon our own preconceptions. These perceptions are the target of the marketing and media campaigns that we are inundated with on a regular basis. For instance, in recent years, “used” cars have been advertised as “pre-owned.” Pre-owned sounds so much better than used. In our

13 Reasons Why: The Need for More Dialogue

Two months ago, I had never heard of 13 Reasons Why. I had no idea that topics of suicide, bullying, boys degrading girls, low self-esteem, poor sense of self, violence, sexual assault and loneliness would be brought out in such a dramatic, shocking and dangerous forum on Netflix. I had no idea that a show like this would be

All I Really Need to Know About Teaching Children I Learned From the Haggadah

I remember years ago in Teacher’s College reading a book titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” by Robert Fulghum. Reading the Haggadah this Pesach, I began thinking that for us in early childhood education, someone should write a book called “All I Really Need to Know about Teaching Children I

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